In Six Seconds in Dallas, Thompson argued that there was a conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy. Based on an examination of the Zapruder film, Thompson claimed in the book that three men fired four shots at Kennedy in Dealey Plaza: the first shot was fired from the Texas School Book Depositoryand struck Kennedy in the back; the second shot was fired from the Dallas County Records building and struck Governor John Connally; the third and fourth shots were fired from the Texas School Book Depository and the "grassy knoll" and almost simultaneously struck Kennedy in the head.
In November 1967, prior to the publication of the book, Thompson stated that the Dal-Tex Building may have been the location of the second shot. He said that a young man was arrested within minutes after the shooting in that building, taken in for questioning by police, then disappeared in the confusion.
Thompson and his publisher were sued by Time, Inc. for infringement of copyright because of Zapruder frames sketched in the book. A federal court gave summary judgment to Thompson and his publisher ten months later in a landmark decision stressing First Amendment rights (Time Inc. vs. Bernard Geis, et al., 293 F. Supp. 130, S.D.N.Y. 1968)
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